South Africa coach Mark Boucher has said that they have been emphasizing the Australia Test, which will follow soon after the Pakistan tour. He further said that they will be sending a rather junior varsity team for the T20I series against Pakistan.
South Africa will travel to Pakistan during the last week of January, their first tour of Pakistan in 14 years, for a two-match test series, following a three-match T20I series. The Test series will start from January 26 while the tour will end on February 14, after which the Proteas will gear up for their Australia Test.
The South African team is scheduled to play against Australia in a three-match Test series, after completion of their Pakistan tour. The series will get rolling from February 18, although, the venues for the matches are yet to be decided. The Test will form part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.
“It won’t be our strongest team because the emphasis is on Test cricket against Australia, rightly so. It might be a watered-down T20 team. And that’s not a bad thing. At the start of the season, I alluded to the fact that we are going to have to use a lot of players,” Mark Boucher said.
“This is an opportunity for guys to put their hands up. We haven’t played a lot of cricket, there haven’t been a lot of A tours and even though it’s not ideal to throw guys into the deep end and make them play international cricket when they are maybe not ready, there are not many other choices at the moment. Some will be pushed into the deep end and we will see how they respond,” he further added.
“The initial talk was that Enoch might stay over in Pakistan and finish off the series and I will come back. We are trying to split the management as well as we can to show the importance of both series. We are preparing for most of our management to come back and one or two of them staying over.”